Research Associate (Part Time)

Imperial College London - Centre for Environmental Policy and Technology / Faculty of Natural Sciences

Salary range: £36,070 - £43,350 per annum (pro rata) (Maximum starting salary £37,020 per annum (pro rata)

The Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) aims to have a global impact on energy and environmental security policy, management of environmental quality, and sustainable transitions in environmental governance, through collaborative research and engagement supporting efforts on environment, energy and health throughout the College.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to promote access to renewable and sustainable energy in Colombia (British Council Institutional Links Grant) and to assist in producing independent and original research within the Energy for Development Group.

The post holder will contribute to the improvement of an existing multi-criteria software programme in Java and complete this same existing software application for internet modelling. You will support the development of business plans related to energy development and maintain the communication between the various sub-groups from the UK and Colombia. You will draft technical reports, financial summaries, and provide support to the administration of the project. You will also draft reports for submission to the sponsors of this project.

You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in engineering, systems engineering, computing or modelling sciences and relevant experience. You must also have experience in all or some of the areas of systems engineering, energy, environment, policy, business, and developing countries. Expertise in programming and software design is also essential. Spanish language skills (verbal and written) and expertise in clean energy and business models would be an advantage.

You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication. You must also be able to relate well with others, form positive relationships with a wide range of people and to work as part of a team, as well as independently, as these are highly multidisciplinary projects. A high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research are essential. You must have a pro-active attitude in the planning of experimental work, the ability to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving.

This is a fixed-term position available for up to 18 months, based at both the South Kensington and Silwood Park (near Ascot) Campuses.

For informal queries about the post please contact Dr Judith Cherni by email at:

Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number including spaces - NS 2016 186 LP into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please email Miss Karen Lyle at, to request an application form.

Closing Date: 13 November 2016 (Midnight BST)

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